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ND Women’s Tennis: Frilling captures first career titles

Kate Grabarek | Thursday, October 2, 2008

Irish freshman Kristy Frilling captured the first singles and doubles titles of her collegiate career on Sept. 21, teaming with senior Kelcy Tefft for the doubles title.

Frilling, a native of Sydney, Ohio, took down Florida’s Anastasia Revzina 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 to earn the singles title.

“It was a great way to start her career,” Irish coach Jay Louderback said. “She showed very good poise, and had to play a lot of tennis in three days.”

To earn her spot in the finals, Frilling had to defeat Florida’s Marritt Boonstra. She had less difficulty in that match as she earned a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

In the doubles bracket, Frilling and Tefft came up with some big wins for the Irish.

In the final match, Tefft and Frilling knocked off Kentucky’s Carolina Escamilla and Christine Johnson 8-2.

Tefft also competed in the singles draw and defeated Central Florida’s Kate Orletsky 6-2, 6-2.

Sophomore Kristen Rafael also earned a victory over South Florida’s Iciri Rai 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 on Sunday.

Overall, the Irish finished with a 6-2 record at the tournament, and Frilling and Tefft came out with a 4-0 record in doubles.

New assistant coach Julia Scaringe will seek to help the Irish on and off the court this season.

Scaringe was the assistant coach at Harvard last season and was hired at Notre Dame after former assistant Elizabeth Schmidt took the head-coaching job at Rice University.

“She has been great,” Louderback said. “She brings playing as well as coaching experience. She played on a National Championship team at Florida, so she also brings that experience.”

While at Harvard, Scaringe helped coach two All-Ivy League players last season, including Beier Ko, who participated in the 2008 NCAA Singles Tournament.

Scaringe is a 2003 graduate of Florida, where she helped lead the Gators at the No. 1 singles position.

She has a national championship with the Gators on her resume, along with two SEC conference championships, three SEC tournament championships. She also finished as the NCAA runner-up and national team-indoor runner-up.

Before entering college, Scaringe also spent some time on the junior circuit as a member of the US National Team. She also participated in all four Grand Slam Events on the junior circuit reaching the round of 16 at the Australian Open.

“We want to win the Big East Championship,” Louderback said. “We also want to put the team in position to compete for a national championship.”

The Irish will turn to a core group of upperclassmen to lead the way this season.

The Irish have only two seniors – Tefft and Katie Potts – and three juniors: Cosmina Ciobanu, Kali Krisik and Colleen Rielly.

“We have a really great set of upper classmen,” Louderback said. “When you add in our three juniors, they have been a big part of our success over the last two years.”

Four Irish players will participate in the All-American tournament beginning on Oct. 2 in Pacific Palisades, Calif.